Internationally Acclaimed Scholar to Speak on Cuba’s Fernando Ortiz

Jan 29 2009 5:00 pm
Jan 29 2009 7:00 pm

 Enrico Mario Santi, William T. Bryan Endowed Chair in Hispanic Studies at Kentucky University, will present a talk entitled "Fight the Devil: Fernando Ortiz and the Ghosts of Cuban History” on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum. Santi’s presentation is free and open to the public.


The subject of Santi’s presentation is Fernando Ortiz -- a lawyer, sociologist, and pioneer of Afro-Cuban studies. His work as a lawyer studying black criminals in Havana during the early 20th century led him to become an anthropologist and produce some of the most important texts in the field, including Los negors brujos (Black Sorcerers), Los negros esclavos (Black Slaves), and  Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar (Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar). In 1955 he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.


Santí is considered an internationally acclaimed expert on three of Latin America’s most important writers: Fernando Ortiz, Mexico’s Octavio Paz, and Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. He is the author of more than ten books, serves on the editorial board of the flagship journal Hispanic Review, and serves on the research board of the Washington, DC think-tank Center for a Free Cuba. Santi is also an art critic and the author of Son peregrine, a volume of poetry.


For more information, contact Mary Tatge of the Carleton College Department of Spanish at (507) 222-4252.